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Ethical behaviour can be succinctly defined by the proverb; "do unto others as your would have done unto thyself".
This adage is rooted in the universal truth that, being inseparable aspects of Source, anything we do unto another we are ultimately do to ourself.
This Universal Truth is expressed in many religious traditions in a somewhat misunderstood fashion as the Laws of Karma.
Karma has nothing to do with 'punishment' - it is simply an expression of the law of attraction that underpins the 'Realms of Perception'. (of which the Physical Universe is but just one example) The Universe accurately reflects an individual's state of Being because it is ultimately the reflection of a script we wrote ourselves at our higher state of Being, whether we are conscious of this process or not. In accordance with the so called laws of karma, like attracts like and as such we unerringly experience what we put out into the Universe, be it negative traits associated with fear such as evil, hate, dishonesty and anger, or positive traits associated with love such as kindness, honesty and friendship. If we wish to experience the positive traits associated with love in our life then we need to express those very same traits towards others. It's that simple.Split Mind only two emotions in the Universe Love and Fear and only one of them is real, namely Love
With practice, ethical behaviour becomes second nature and eventually a way of life associated with the Universal law that like attracts like. Ethical behaviour feeds in upon itself, refining one's state of Being and attracting to oneself positive experiences in our Soul's inexorable quest for self realisation and return to a state of Oneness with our Creator.
NOTE 1: Human experience in the Physical Universe is predicated upon the duality of so called opposites that seem to define all realms of perception. Paradoxically, all realms of perception have no real reality in themselves, as evidenced by the recent findings of Quantum Physics which states that at a quantum physics level all phenomena are "the balance of probability of an event in which the consciousness of the observer seems to play a part." In other words, the Physical Universe is the result of Mind (which I make no attempt to define) and can best be described as a 'dream' projected by the Mind of the Observer. However, very few humans are aware of the 'dream state' they are in whilst experiencing an incarnation on planet Earth. True Reality is predicated upon an essential Oneness with Source. (i.e. the Creator) Awareness of True Reality can only come about through the auspices of some sort of deep personal spiritual experience, which in turn reveals (via a process called 'revelation') the unreal nature of the Physical Universe. This concept of the basic unreality of the Physical Universe has no context within the Physical Universe itself which is why so few humans are conscious of it. 1NOTE 2: The film 'The Matrix' serves as an excellent metaphor with regard to the 'unreal' nature of reality in the realms of perception.
Spiritual enlightenment can be defined as a conscious reconnection with Source from within this realm, usually associated with some sort of spontaneous deep spiritual experience. 4 It occurs when one's vibration within the Physical Realm reaches a higher enough state to allowone's Higher Self (i.e. 'Soul') to have conscious expression within the human physical body. The experience can last for just few seconds (as was the case in my own personal Near Death Experience) or for what seems like eternity. Spiritual enlightenment is not a belief 5 - it is a state of Being in which one comes to know 6 through direct experience who they really are. The resulting conscious reconnection with Source is an ecstatic experience in which one finds oneself bathed in the limitless love of one's Creator - much like the father welcoming home the prodigal son. 7 When immersed in the experience one has a deep felt respect and reverence for all of Creation associated with the overwhelming sense of 'Oneness' that defines the state. This 'Oneness' is rooted in an unshakeable knowing that everything in the Universe is an expression of God, and as such is an expression of oneself. After the state has passed its memory renders unethical behaviour virtually impossible to exhibit.
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1. There is overwhelming scientific evidence at a Quantum Physics level that indicates the Universe is an expression of a Singularity. In fact, at a quantum physics level there is no evidence of any separation between the 'bits' that comprise the physical universe. That's right, none. Readers should not confuse the perception of separation we experience as humanbeings in the physical realm as being an actuality. All the scientific evidence to date points to the Universe comprising a single enormous (infinite?) energy field in which the consciousness of the Observer plays a central part, as evidenced by the 'Observer Effect' and the recent discovery of 'Non-Locality' phenomena.
That said, one needs to keep in mind that scientific evidence itself is not proof. It would appear that at this point in 'time' proof as to the 'true' nature of reality lies in a personal spiritual experience in which one consciously re-connects with one's essence and comes to know through direct experience that everything in the Universe is an expression of the infinite Singularity we call God.
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3. There is no value judgement associated with ethical behaviour - just an over-riding sense of balance. Surprisingly, even warfare provides countless opportunities for the conduct of ethical behaviour. A true warrior, as exemplified by the Samurai, has respect for his enemies and feels no hatred towards them. He goes into battle dispassionate about the outcome, or what might happen to himself personally. As such he is prepared within himself to experience on the battlefield what he is attempting to do to his opponents, namely kill and maim, and as such his actions could be considered 'ethical'. By contrast, the average soldier is attempting to do unto others what they themselves are terrified of happening to themselves, and as a result their behaviour is inherently unethical.
Throughout history there have been many soldiers who have behaved ethically in the course of warfare, often at the cost of their own lives. 'Honour' on the battlefield is predicated on ethical behaviour and a sense of respect for one's opponent. A famous example is Horatio Nelson, admiral of the British fleet blockading France during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century. Nelson loved the excitement of battle and never sought to protect himself from danger over and above what he expected of those he commanded. In the course of his naval career he lost the sight of one eye, then an arm and finally his life at the battle of Trafalgar. As he lay dying below decks surrounded by his closest friends he displayed no rancour towards the French sniper who had shot him, recognising that the Frenchman was simply doing his duty.
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4. Quote: "It is defined by a conscious reconnection with Source." The keyword in this sentence is conscious. The fact remains that as expressions of Source nothing can exist outside Source, and as such everything remains connected to Source, irrespective of whether the said 'expression' is conscious of it or not. Most humans at the present 'time' are unconscious whilst in this realm about the fact that they are inseparable aspects of Source.
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7. The parable of the return of the prodigal son is an unambiguous reminder by Jesus that no matter what we do we are always unconditionally loved by our Creator, and that all that is required for us to return 'home' to a higher state of consciousness is to remember who we really are, namely that we are inseparable aspects of Source.
015:011 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
015:012 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
015:013 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
015:014 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
015:015 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
015:016 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
015:017 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
015:018 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
015:019 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
015:020 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
015:021 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
015:022 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
015:023 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
015:024 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
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